Fifty London is, like most places worth visiting in London, technically a members-only club. But if you’re a fan of the world’s rarest Cognacs, you’d be wise to call in any favor you can to gain access. Behind the bar, Salvatore Calabrese, formerly of the Library Bar at the Lanesborough, has reassembled his trademark cache of rare Cognac. The basic list features about 30 Cognacs, culminating in Hennessy Timeless (US $752), while high rollers peruse the reserve list marked by historic vintages like 1789, the year of the French revolution (if you have to ask…) Calabrese also mixes his favorite spirit with creative abandon. Cognac meets fresh garlic and apricot brandy in the Garlic Affair. And Sal’s Sinner is a twist on the Stinger, with a shot of Tabasco. Perhaps most seductive is the Godfrey, sort of a blackberry Sidecar, adding warmth and depth to the classic cocktail.
This review appears in the print edition of the June 2010 issue. Like what you just read? Subscribe now.
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